Sifting Through the Philadelphia Film Festival

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  • Like RosieCotton, a film festival is also heading my way: the Philadelphia Film Festival. But what should I see? Recommend if you please.
  • About Baghdad
  • After Innocence
  • L'Amant
  • Antares
  • Arahan
  • Astronauts
  • Bear Cub
  • Below the American Grain
  • Between
  • The Big Red One
  • Black Friday
  • Brothers
  • The Car
  • Cellar
  • Chased by Dreams
  • Checking Out
  • Children of the Decree
  • Childstar
  • Clean
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Continous Journey
  • Cool!
  • Cronicas
  • Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World
  • Cutie Honey
  • Deadroom
  • Death of a Dynasty
  • Dias de Santiago
  • The Door to the Sun
  • The Edukators
  • Games of Love and Chance
  • Everyone
  • Evilenko
  • Family Funamation
  • The Far Side of the Moon
  • Ferpect Crime
  • 5 x 2: Five Times Two
  • Flower and Snake
  • 48 Hour Film Project
  • Four Shades of Brown
  • Frozen
  • Generations Revealed
  • Genesis
  • Getting over It
  • Le Grand Voyage
  • Hari Om
  • The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
  • Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque
  • Heroin Town
  • The Holy Girl
  • House of D
  • I Know Where I'm Going!
  • It Came From Planet 3-D
  • Izo
  • Karaoke Terror
  • The Keys to the House
  • King of the Corner
  • Kings and Queen
  • Kontroll
  • Ladies in Lavender
  • Lakeside Murder Case
  • Land of Plenty
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Late Bloomer
  • Layer Cake
  • lbs.
  • Lila Says
  • Lipstick & Dynamite
  • Lonesome Jim
  • Love Practically
  • Ma mère
  • Machuca
  • Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered & Shafted
  • Mad Hot Ballroom
  • Mana - Beyond Belief
  • Mardi Gras: Made in China
  • Marebito
  • Masters of Illusion
  • McDull, prince de la bun
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • Metallic Blues
  • Midwinter Night's Dream
  • More Things in Heaven and Earth
  • Murderball
  • Music from the Inside Out
  • Music Party
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Niceland
  • Night of 100 Films
  • The Nomi Song
  • Not Your Saturday Morning Cartoon
  • Off Beat
  • Oldboy
  • One Missed Call
  • Only Human
  • Or (My Treasure)
  • Our Naked City
  • Over the Edge
  • Palindromes
  • Peas at 5:30
  • The Philadelphia Experimental
  • Pink Ribbon
  • Pizza
  • The Promise
  • Putney Swope
  • Quiet as a Mouse
  • Quiet Summer
  • R-Point
  • Racing Against the Clock
  • The Return of Cagliostro
  • Right Now
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • Road
  • Rolling Family
  • Saint Ralph
  • School of Seduction
  • Scribe Video Center's Precious Places Community Oral History Project
  • Seeds
  • Sequins
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire
  • Shooting Livien
  • Soap Opera
  • Somersault
  • Soundless
  • The Soup, One Morning
  • Spider Forest
  • State Property II
  • Story Undone
  • Stratosphere Girl
  • Survive Style 5+
  • Sweet Sixties
  • Swindled
  • Take a Deep Breath
  • The 10th District Court, Moments of Trials
  • This Charming Girl
  • Three Dancing Slaves
  • Throw Down
  • Too Beautiful to Lie
  • UNO
  • Vento di Terra
  • The Voyage Home
  • Warsaw
  • White Men Can't Rap
  • Winter Solstice
  • Woman Is the Future of Man
  • The World
  • Yuva (The Youth)
  • Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

Well, these two are probably highest on my "to see" list: Kontroll (trailer, Filmbrain review), Oldboy (trailer, Filmbrain).

Murderball sounds great, although I know nothing about it except the documentary subject matter: "A film about paraplegics who play full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs - overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

I'm waiting to hear more about Izo, Survive Style 5, and Layer Cake before committing. As for the rest, haven't heard of most of them.

Have fun!

There's currently a film festival going on in my neighborhood, too, but I found out about it too late. The only ones playing that I've heard of are:

Childstar
Kung Fu Hustle
5 x 2
Kontroll
Murderball

If I had the time/money to attend, though, I'd be sure to look up the others to find those I was really interested to see.

Sorry, though, I have no recommendations on what you should see from the Philadelphia Film Festival, except that I've heard good things about 5x2, Kontroll, Layer Cake, and Palindromes.

Thanks guys! Unfortunately, I just really don't have time to do enough research into all these films, so thanks for the suggestions of what the standouts might be. Kontroll, Survive Style 5+, Layer Cake, Palindromes, and Oldboy definitely sound pretty cool. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see a good handful of these.

The ones that jump out for me (with off the top of my head comments) are The Big Red One (Sam Fuller reconstructed), Clean (New Oliver Assayas Film), A Clockwork Orange, Cutie Honey (Live Action Remake of Anime Classic), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, House of D (Directed by David Duchovny), Kontroll (Very well received Dutch film), Layer Cake (Directed by Matthew Vaughn (?) producer of Lock, Stock... and possible director of X-Men 3), Murderball (Documentary about wheelchair-bound rugby players), Oldboy (Incredo-movie), Palindromes (Todd Solondz new film), Survive Style 5+ (Korean exploitation?), Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (Documentary about LA cable TV channel)

I think my comments are accurate unless I'm misremembering.